Published: Tue, July 25, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Google releases last developer preview before Android O release

Google releases last developer preview before Android O release

The public release of Android O is slated to happen in Q3 2017.

Google today announced that Android O Developer Preview 4 is now rolling out to supported devices.

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Google is nearly done getting the first public release build of the next major Android platform release ready. This quarter ends on September 30th and we saw Android 7.0 Nougat officially launched on August 22nd so we're expecting it to land around the same time this year as well. We still don't have an official codename for Android 8.0, but that's not stopping the company from introducing a new Easter egg to this new dev preview.

Dave Burke, VP of Engineering for the Android team at Google, notes that incremental updates to the SDK, tools and Android Emulator system images are set to arrive in the coming days. Like the previous build, it also includes finalized system behaviors, along with the latest bug fixes and optimizations to ensure smooth performance on modern smartphone hardware. A new version of the Android Testing Support Library is also available today with included support for features like Android Test Orchestrator, Multiprocess Espresso, and more. As some of you probably already know, Android O should be published later this summer, which means we're only one month away from the announcement. You can tap and touch and drag it around and see the new physics and acceleration features Google is using with Android O on your octopus friend.

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